Our charity work
UK Mail Group wants to make an impact on society. For us, this means choosing a charity as a focus for our fundraising, as well as supporting a wide range of educational and recreational initiatives our staff are involved in within their own communities.
Over the past 5 years, UK Mail has been committed to Cancer Research UK; raising almost £500,000 over this period to help with the crucial work they do in preventing and treating cancers and saving so many lives. UK Mail’s chosen charity for 2012/13 is the NSPCC, one of the UK’s largest children’s charities.
UK Mail & NSPCC:
We are proud to be supporting the NSPCC in its quest to end cruelty to children. The NSPCC does this by providing innovative services to local communities across the UK, using what it learns to campaign for better legislation and supports others to adopt better ways of protecting children. The charity also provides ChildLine and a national helpline so that any worried or concerned child or adult can call anytime for help or advice. The NSPCC has been able to help more than 10 million children in the UK since it was founded in 1880, and as it is funded primarily by public donations, it can direct resources to where it believes the need is greatest.
In addition to our £30,000 annual donation to the NSPCC, our staff organise ad hoc local fundraising activities such as dress down days or cake sales, which take place during working hours. We also run an employee payroll lottery scheme which generates around £3500 each year for the charity.
UK Mail encourages staff not only to fund raise, but also to give time for our nominated charity. ChildLine is part of the NSPCC; this is a schools service whereby volunteers visit primary schools to educate children about what is and isn’t acceptable and when they should speak to somebody at ChildLine about issues such as abuse or bullying. Staff are given time towards training and also the flexibility to adjust working hours to enable them to get involved.
Other charity initiatives
While we have chosen the NSPCC as our business focus, our employees are encouraged to support any registered charity that is close to their hearts.
Our staff enthusiastically support many fundraising initiatives ranging from participating in the London Marathon, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, bike rides, parachute jumps, abseiling and organising football matches. For every pound our fundraisers raise, we pledge to match it with another. This scheme paid out almost £20,000 in 2012/13 to a selection of these charities, including Help for Heroes, The Princes Trust, Against Breast Cancer, Asthma UK, The MS Society, Sports Relief and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Finally, we run a “Payroll Giving scheme” enabling our employees the opportunity to contribute to their preferred charity through tax efficient salary deductions.